July 30, 2005
St. Croix To Be Studied for National Heritage Status
From The St. Thomas Source:
July 28, 2005- Getting on board with efforts to revitalize St. Croix, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation on Tuesday to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of establishing National Heritage areas throughout the island.
"I can think of no more fitting place that should be studied for possible designation as a National Heritage Area than my home island of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands," Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen said.
According to a recent press release, Christensen pitched the island to national representatives by playing up its cultural and historical achievements. "The island of St. Croix has a long, distinguished and varied history, including being the site where Christopher Columbus first stepped onto what is now American soil," the delegate said.
July 29, 2005
Bananaquit on St. John
Thanks for all the great photo submissions today. We chose this one from Debbie Warren - many, many more to come.
St. Croix: Neighbors Say Mosquito-Infested Tires Not Removed
From the Source - not a good story - our friends just got back from a visit to St. Croix, and one of their daughters got dengue:
July 28, 2005 - Neighbors say the mosquito-infested tires found in the yard of an abandoned home in the Williams Delight community have not been removed, just moved inside the empty home.
Virgin Islands Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control officials found more than 50 illegally dumped tires during an entomology training and surveillance check Tuesday in the Williams Delight community. Mosquitoes, which can carry the dengue fever that has been infecting people in the area, were breeding in the tires. According to a press release issued by Darlene Carty, Department of Health commissioner, the DOH officers notified the V.I. Housing Authority, which is the responsible agency for the community, and gave them two hours to "dispose of the tires."
July 28, 2005
Couple of rumors floating around. One is that the old Renaissance property (or Grand Beach, etc.) has been sold or is going to be sold. The other was that Sapphire Beach was closing - this one seems totally unfounded - maybe it has to do with the construction project they have been trying to get off the ground for years. I don't see how they could "close" though because a lot of those units (as far as I know) are individually owned. Anyway I will check these out in the next couple of days and let you know what I hear.
July 27, 2005
Red Hook Group Vows to Continue Vessup Beach Fight
From the St. Thomas Source:
The Red Hook Community Alliance has no plans to give up in its efforts at saving Vessup Beach -- a battle the nonprofit organization has been waging for more than a year. On Monday evening, the group met to discuss its next plan of action. Click here for the rest
We got back on Monday afternoon - and we were pretty beat. We spent the afternoon cleaning up the mold (we were gone for a month) - residents of the VI who live in the hills know what I mean. Yesterday the power was out on St. Thomas for most of the day, which meant so was my connection, so I couldn't do much more than unpack and shuffle papers around - and now the bug has caught up to me (see the previous post) and I am off to the doctor this morning. Things will pick up here again when I am healthy!
July 25, 2005
Back on St. Thomas
If it's Monday, this must be St. Thomas. We will be back on island around 2:00 PM and I will be back to work Tuesday. Lots of news to come, plus the promised Anegada report (it was great - seems like a year ago, not a month), pictures, and more. Our trip to NJ was really crazy - we ended up with my wife and youngest daughter catching pneumonia, and my oldest also on antibiotics by the end. The doctor said she had never seen anything like it. There is also a big surprise coming - so keep watching this space! Thanks -
July 06, 2005
Sorry I have been AWOL
Sorry we have been absent here - we took a little vacation to Anegada, and then only had a day in-between before a month here in the states. It is sort of a vacation mixed in with a lot of baby sitting as I have a brother in-law getting married, so work has mostly been responding to email and making sure the site is running. We are planning to write up a report of our Anegada trip, and also posting pictures again as well as setting up a way for users to submit pictures.